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Fort Collins Comes to Milwaukee
The unofficial New Belgium week and beers with bite.

This week is (unofficially) New Belgium Week in Milwaukee. Events revolving around the talented brewers give lovers of the Fat Tire makers plenty to do this week. New Belgium brewer Dave Lagueux is making the trip from Colorado to spread the love.

On Tuesday, Aug. 13 Lagueux heads to Ray’s Wine & Spirits for a tasting. Tickets are just $15. 

On Wednesday, Lagueux is lucky enough to be the guest of honor at Bacchus (925 E. Wells St.) for a New Belgium beer dinner. Expect a few delicious courses and some Lips of Faith series beers that you don’t see very often. Cost for the dinner is a reasonable $65.

The whirlwind tour reaches its crescendo on Thursday night at 7 p.m. with the Clips Beer & Film Tour at Veterans Park. Beer drinkers can try up to 16 different New Belgium brews and, when the sun goes down, they can watch short films from fans professing their adoration for New Belgium. Events put on by these guys are a good time and don’t disappoint.

Barley Pop of the Week

I was looking for something with a little bite this week and found it with Victory Hop Devil. The hoppy bitterness of the amber brew isn’t overpowering, but it certainly lingers on the tongue. Hop Devil registers at 6.7% ABV but doesn’t seem heavy or even remotely boozy. I dig this diablo. 

Quick Taps

I haven’t had my first taste of AleSmith IPA yet, but I plan to soon. 

I haven’t made it to the beer garden in Hoyt Park yet either. I’m such a slacker.

Events Brewing

Tuesday, Aug. 13: World of Beer (1300 E. Brady St.) celebrates one year on Brady Street with an all-day event. Expect to find some rarities on hand. 

Wednesday, Aug. 14: The monthly Bierklasse at Cafe Benelux (346 N. Broadway) teaches attendees about different beer styles and includes samples, of course. Hoppy beers are the subject this week. Class starts at 7 p.m. and costs just $25. Email reservations to bierklasse@lowlandsgroup.com.

Friday, Aug. 16: Sample New Glarus beers paired with tasty cheeses at the Uber Tap Room. The tasting starts at 7 p.m. and costs just $10.

Saturday, Aug. 17: Red ales are the samples at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) from 1-4 p.m.

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